Didactic Program

At Cedars-Sinai, our goal is to deliver a well-rounded educational experience to advanced trainees in rheumatology. We offer a very broad range of didactic conferences and mentoring. At the end of the basic two-year period, we expect trainees to be able to practice rheumatology independently and, if they choose, pursue an academic career with additional research training. Our conferences include:

Cedars-Sinai Core Curriculum Clinical Case Conference Series


This series is geared toward imparting clinical knowledge directly to fellows in training. Based on cases encountered at Cedars-Sinai, the faculty selects topics that are explored in depth — typically a case presentation followed by a scholarly literature review focused on differential diagnosis, etiopathogenesis, laboratory investigations and outcome. These conferences often generate research topics or manuscripts. The immediate goal for the series is for fellows to learn how to organize a scholarly presentation and deliver it to a receptive audience of mentors and fellow trainees. Here they learn how to educate peers in their chosen venue when they leave their training program.

Journal Club and Grand Rounds


Imaging Conference


Musculoskeletal Imaging includes three outstanding specialists in the field and organizes a monthly multidisciplinary conference with continuing medical education credit for fellows and attendings in the Rheumatology, Orthopedics and Radiology divisions. The goal of this conference is to provide the fellow with both basic and sophisticated skills in interpreting radiographs and advanced imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging and other imaging modalities. Imaging studies of patients followed by fellows are carefully reviewed, and fellows' clinical decision-making skills are sharpened through the teaching imparted by expert faculty. Private attendings are encouraged to bring challenging cases to this conference, and these cases are a superb focus for discussion regarding the latest advances in imaging and other diagnostic techniques.

Combined Pathology/Rheumatology Conference


Musculoskeletal Examination and Injection Training Course


Ultrasound in Rheumatology Course


Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Rheumatology Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai, please call or send us a message.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Becker Building, B131
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Mariko Ishimori, MD Director, Division of Rheumatology

Fax:310-423-6898